Last chance saloon beckons for ailing Feniton

PUBLISHED: 22:43 24 July 2013 | UPDATED: 22:43 24 July 2013

Feniton looked increasingly doomed to slip further down the pecking order in the Francis Clark Devon League after a tenth defeat in 12 games when they were beaten by eight wickets at Honiton.

Batting first Feniton were arguably 40 to 50 runs light of a par score on another good day for batting.

Mark Kingdon and Adi Pullin both had knocks of 60 and skipper Graham Tucker chipped in with 24 as the innings closed on 203-8.

Concerns at the tea interval that the total was not enough were proved correct as the home side powered to victory losing just two wickets, this despite a good opening spell from John French and Mark Kingdon which had the home batsmen in some bother. Four dropped catches did not help the Feniton cause!

Skipper Graham Tucker said: “Without wishing to sound like a scratched record, we simply are struggling owing to the fact that we have lost 18 overs of strike bowling in the last month with Charlie Selley leaving to play football with Willand Rovers and Chris Palfrey re-joining Whimple. Many a side would struggle with that and, whilst we have manfully battled on, we are short in certain departments and that’s why we are rock bottom and gradually slipping behind the rest. This game was typical of our current short comings. We made a slow, but confident start, and ultimately the runs on the board were never going to be enough.”

The reversal leaves the Acland Park side rock bottom and some 21 points from safety with the games running out. Two-thirds of the season is now completed and unless there’s a remarkable up-turn in fortunes then Feniton will begin next season playing in the second lowest tier of the county league just eight years after they had been playing in the B Division.

Saturday sees Feniton host second bottom Countess Wear and Tucker accepts it’s a big game.

He says: “It’s massive, most certainly one of those last chance saloon games. I guess if we don’t get a positive result that’s us doomed, but we have character in the dressing room and I am sure that, come what may, we’ll bounce back in some way. We have been together as a unit for many years; most of us where in the B Division side eight years ago and no one wants to see us drop further down the pecking order.”

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